There’s a new prince in London and his name is Edward Nketiah. For anyone who by chance stumbles on this and isn’t football inclined; you should either pause and Google the name or read through till the end and get the big picture.
Arsenal welcomed Norwich FC, for their Carabao Cup Round of 16 ties; having in mind of their recent emphatic away win to a poor Everton side. Changes were made to the line-up that faced Norwich, debutant keeper Matt Macey, Mathieu Debuchy, Mohammed Elneny, Rob Holding, Reiss Nelson, Jack Wilshere, Francis Coquelin, Ainsley Maitland-Niles, Alex Iwobi, Theo Walcott and Olivier Giroud were on the starting list.
As expected we were sloppy with our defending given the players playing the defensive roles, the backline lacked cohesion and communication, and it looked like we played a high defensive line, which looked like it caused too many lapses in the defensive line that Norwich fed off from.
Our only real effort of the first half came from a Rob Holding attempt, a corner kick swung in found Holding who forced the opposition keeper into making a decent save.
Norwich eventually took the lead through Josh Murphy with a deft chip. A pass was played into his strides, which split the Arsenal defence – leaving Murphy through on goal against Macey who couldn’t do much but watch the chipped ball dip into his net. Norwich remained culpable of wasting a host of chances and could’ve easily put the game beyond the Gunners in the first half.
Macey did so well to produce a fine save on his debut and preventing Norwich from increasing their lead. Nelson Oliviera with the effort to curl his effort into the bottom left of Macey’s goal post but was denied a goal.
The second half started just like the first but this time, we were committing plenty of men forward and were almost caught out by a simple through ball that set Oliveira away. The Portugal international raced towards goal only to be halted by a Mohamed Elneny foul that could easily have seen the Arsenal man receive his marching orders, but the leniency of the Ref meant he’d only be shown a yellow card.
Wenger introduced Chuba Akpom and Edward Nketiah much deep in the second half, as his side changed the game and started looking dangerous as a team – with the latter levelling up the scoreline in just 15 seconds of his introduction, turning in a corner flick-on close-range.
The game was tied after 90 minutes and needed extra-time to decide which team advances to the next round of the cup competition and who gets knocked out. Theo Walcott had a chance to give the Gunners the lead in extra-time, but a fine save from Norwich’s keeper prevented that.
A corner was awarded to Arsenal, which was taken by Elneny and the new Prince of London Eddie Nketiah rose highest to get his and Arsenal’s second goal of the game. It was a remarking night for the youngster who had only played less than 3 minutes of first-team football for the Gunners, prior to this match.
The youngsters kept up their work rate and looked to create more chances and score more goals, but the match would end in a 2-1 win for the Gunners – with Edward Nketiah having his name sung around the Emirates.